Alhambra activist pleads not guilty

Activist and Alhambra resident Carlos Montes pleaded not guilty at Alhambra Superior Court on Wednesday to four counts of perjury, one count of being in possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and one count of being in possession of ammunition as a convicted felon.

Montes, a long-time Chicano and antiwar activist, was arrested on May 17 after deputies executed a search warrant his Alhambra home and discovered a firearm. He alleges that the FBI targeted him. The Committee to Stop FBI Repression has staged protests outside the Alhambra courthouse and urged its members to call US Attorney General Eric Holder's office to voice their support of Montes.

Montes wrote on his Facebook page: "Today in court I enterd a Not Guilty plea, my attorney asked for the return of my property and political/personal documents, DA will check with police. My case got transfered to the LA Criminal Courts and next date is Aug. 12."

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